For a majority of people, wisdom teeth are more trouble than they are worth. Experts’ estimates vary, but as much as 80 percent of the population may be better off without their wisdom teeth.
Part of the reason we take X-rays when patients visit our Orlando, FL, dentist office is so we can keep an eye on their wisdom teeth. Whenever we can, we try to identify any potential problems early.
Many of these problems can be prevented with wisdom teeth removal. This is one of the many services we offer at Overmeyer Family Dental.
Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Multiple Problems
Typically, wisdom teeth erupt when people are in their late teens or early 20s. Wisdom teeth are actually a third set of molars that try to fit in the back of people’s mouths.
Unfortunately, most people have jaws that are simply too small for these teeth. That can lead to a number of problems. We’ll mention three of the most common concerns below.
➤ 1. Wisdom teeth can cause pain.
For many patients, pain is too often was leads them to seek help, and when left in place, wisdom teeth can certainly be painful.
Wisdom teeth that can’t erupt like they should may become impacted. As a result, they may come in sideways or facing the wrong direction. This may put pressure on other teeth. In some cases, this can put added pressure on nerves in someone’s mouth. In either case, the pressure can lead to unbearable pain.
By making regular visits with us, we can monitor how your wisdom teeth are developing. If we see the potential for these kinds of problems, we can recommend removal and you can avoid the pain.
➤ 2. Wisdom teeth can lead to oral health problems.
When wisdom teeth aren’t able to come in correctly, they may become impacted. This can increase your risk of other problems, including tooth decay and gum disease.
The location of your wisdom teeth, far back in your mouth, can make them difficult to clean. When the tooth is impacted, it may be impossible to clean some parts. In either case, keeping your wisdom teeth may mean bacteria has a place to hide from your toothbrush and your dental floss. As that bacteria grows, you can develop plaque and tartar. If that isn’t removed, it’s only a matter of time before cavities and periodontal infections begin to develop.
These, too, can be painful, and they can spread to other parts of your mouth.
Again, this is a time when removing your wisdom teeth is the best long-term decision for maintaining your oral health.
➤ 3. Wisdom teeth can ruin your smile.
Let’s say you just got your braces off. Your teeth are finally straight, evenly spaced, and lined up perfectly. You are happy with your smile.
Then wisdom teeth happen.
When wisdom teeth come in sideways, they can push into your existing teeth. With enough time, they can leave you with a smile that’s more crooked than it was before you got braces.
In other words, wisdom teeth could ruin that smile you worked for years to fix. Don’t let that happen. As we’ve seen above, removing your wisdom teeth may be doing more than saving your smile.
Stop The Problems Before They Begin
If we can help you or someone you love avoid the many problems of impacted wisdom teeth, then we will be happy to do so. Call Overmeyer Family Dental at (407) 603-3839 or contact us online to request an appointment.